GG Tipster Kevin O'Malley has betting interest in four races at Sandown Park on Saturday, including televised race selections and a 16/1 dark horse running in the lucky last...
The ground will be a concern for several of these toward the head of the betting, including Well Done Fox, Street Parade and Pocket Dynamo. I think and hope the one to back is David O’Meara’s Leodis Dream. This Dandy Man gelding banged his head when awkwardly away form the gates at York last time out, having gone off a well-backed favourite. We can forgive that effort entirely here, considering how progressive he has proved to be in 2019 thus far. The form of his game Chester win - which came with plenty of cut in the ground - has worked out encouragingly, he’s good on the clock, very tough and can resume winning ways this afternoon under Oisin Murphy.
What we have here are two old rogues who are difficult to catch right, but both very capable of winning this on a given day. Pettochside isn’t getting any younger, but he’s running today off a nice mark of 75 and the 7lb claim of Cieren Fallon essentially sees him racing off 68 in this 2.35pm 5f sprint. He absolutely loves soft ground and I can see him taking to this track, despite him usually enjoying more downhill courses, and weaving his way through late for a place. Bahamian Sunrise does boast a good record at the track though, and again, soft ground will really suit. His handicap mark has dropped by 10lb since October and Jason Watson is a likeable booking.
I am not convinced that the closing 1m6f handicap on Sandown’s card is the strongest of heats and at around 14/1-16/1, Argus could prove to be one of the better bets of the day for Alexandra Dunn, a trainer who continues to impress with a consistent stream of winners; seemingly at all times of the year. Argus bounced back to form with an excellent win over 12f at Southwell in February and followed up with an improved effort on the ratings when second over the same track and trip the following month. He steps up in trip on soft ground here, but he’s won over two miles at Kempton and also have previous form with cut in the ground, so you’d have to be hopeful he will handle conditions here under Rossa Ryan. He could be a horse to catch when fresh from a break too.
Leodis Dream is part of your Lucky 15 for Saturday.
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